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8/17/2019

Unknown Fighting Game 'BB'

Also known as "Untitled Fighter 'BB'", this is a bizarre, corrupted and very unfinished artifact that I found one day while perusing MAME roms, and in all the years since, I've never forgotten it.  The name 'BB' apparently comes from a stamp on the ROM board the game was found on, since there's no identifiable title in the game and very little legible text.  It's also not really playable - no button inputs seem to actually work yet, and there don't seem to be any hitboxes (let alone attacks) programmed.

This game was an enigma for a long time, but some investigation has revealed that it's most likely a very early prototype of an obscure Konami fighting game, Martial Champion.  This is most readily evident with the first character one sees, with some unused graphics in the ROM revealing his name is "Avu".  A character featured in Martial Champion has the same name and a similar appearance:


 The other two (non-corrupted) characters are a bit tougher to pin down, but the blonde guy bears a resemblance to Jin:

And the strange mohawked woman more than likely became the character called "Bobby".



Source: The Spriter's Resource pages for BB and Martial Champion

In addition, the one identifiable background does resemble one from Martial Champion.



So there you have it.  I think it's a pretty safe bet that this is just a odd, barely-functional prototype that somehow found its way into the hands of a private collector and was dumped to the internet for everyone to puzzle over.  But regardless, it left an impression on me.

8/16/2019

Dark Cloud 2 Part 3

The cool but glitchy Balance Valley

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The chest you DO NOT want to get is this one, on the edge of the platform with the weapon shop furthest from the portal:


Free Game Friday 8/16/19: Zelda Classic

Nintendo is notoriously protective of their IPs, with a number of fan projects like the Mario 64 Unity remake and AM2R vanishing from the internet within days, if not hours, of their initial announcement under threat of legal action.  So it's a little surprising that in that environment, Zelda Classic has managed to last as long as it has (in active development since 1999!).  What began as a simple PC remake of the NES game has expanded into something far more, with numerous custom campaigns, remakes of the obscure BS Zelda games (released only in japan for the Satellaview addon) and custom graphics, enemies, scripts and even full campaigns available as fan-made content.  I don't know how they continue to get away with it, but fans of the original NES Zelda owe it to themselves to check this one out.


Dark Cloud 2 Part 2

Recruitment, Georama and fishing.

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